There is a book, Agile Talent, published in 2016.  (Younger, Jon. Agile Talent . Harvard Business Review Press).  Achieving Competitive Advantage Through Agile Talent.  Agile Talent is the use of contingent workforce and the GIG economy to provide optimum talent capabilities in conjunction with the traditional workforce.  This model in my mind has become more necessary in the world changes by a pandemic.


Is your Organization Capable?  Take an honest, critical look, understanding that you are assessing in the time of COVID-19.  Now is the time.  Now you have the time.


Are your capabilities aligned with your strategy after reassessing for the disparate work environment that has become the next normal.


Have you integrated top level technical and interpersonal competence with the company’s COVID revised systems, structure, and culture?


Do you have a COVID based Capabilities Resourcing Plan?  Does your plan include the use of a contingent agile workforce?


Can you identify the capability elements necessary to build a cogent resourcing plan required for future success? Here are a few:


  • Leadership
  • Customer Connectivity
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Collaboration
  • Learning
  • Innovation
  • Talent
  • Speed
  • Efficiency
  • Accountability
  • Partnership
  • Risk Management


You may have more elements or different elements that better fit your organization’s environment.


Leadership –  At all levels, developing leaders who generate confidence in the future.


Customer Connectivity –  Fostering strong and enduring relationships of trust with target customers corporate social responsibility 


Corporate social responsibility –  Establishing a strong reputation for sustainability, philanthropy, and employability in your industry and Community.


Shared mind-set  – Ensuring that customers and employees have a consistent and positive experience of your company’s identity.


Collaboration –  Working together across boundaries to ensure leverage and efficiency


Learning –  Generating, applying, and generalizing ideas that have an impact.


Innovation – Creating new products, services, and ways of working that are commercially successful. 


Talent –  Attracting, motivating, developing, and retaining talented and committed people.


Speed – Making important changes rapidly.


Efficiency – Reducing the costs of our business activities without hurting the core business.


Accountability – Creating and enforcing standards that lead to high performance and execution 


Partnership  – Building effective partnerships and win-win working relationships with peer companies.


Risk –  Assessing, evaluating, and managing the new risk environment presented by COVID and the next crisis.

Organizations that do not clearly identify and implement the capabilities required for success in the time of COVID are less likely to sustainably achieve their goals and less able to target areas in which agile talent may offer advantages.